Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Every year I try to read from several different genres, poetry included. While I’ve read some poetry this year, this was my first book of poetry of 2015. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver is a collection of poems written about and in celebration of dogs. The poems are short and simple, and there is also a great essay to round out the collection. If you’re a dog lover, these poems will warm your heart! I’ve included my favorite poem from the collection below.

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Lucy highly recommends Oliver's poetry.

Lucy highly recommends Oliver’s poetry.

“Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night”
By Mary Oliver

He puts his cheek against mine
and makes small, expressive sounds.
And when I’m awake, or awake enough

he turns upside down, his four paws
in the air
and his eyes dark and fervent.

“Tell me you love me,” he says.

“Tell me again.”

Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over
he gets to ask.
I get to tell.



  1. Merv 'n' Tish · · Reply

    Thanks for the recommendation, Lucy!
    We trust your judgement.


  2. […] today is a 2016 collection of essays by Mary Oliver, a very well-known poet and essayist (I reviewed her book Dog Songs on the blog a while back). In my experience, collections of essays come in several forms. First, […]


  3. […] mainly because of her simple but moving style. I’ve written about her books Upstream and Dog Songs on the blog before, as well as her book A Poetry Handbook which has been helpful to me as a […]


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